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Spiced Winter Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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A Scottish-style ale is the medium-bodied, malty, clean base beer for a blend of spices.

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Before hops became the conventional flavoring for beer, medieval European brewers used proprietary spice mixtures, and many modern breweries still use a blend of spices along with hops for seasonally-brewed holiday beers. We started with a Scottish-style ale and added a blend of spices to create a medium-bodied, malty, clean base beer with a sweet, exotic spice character reminiscent of mulled wine.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Spiced Winter Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleNo
Original Gravity1047
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.5 / 5.0
49 Reviews
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Great Holiday Beer
The spiced notes in this beer are perfect around the Christmas holidays.
February 5, 2018
5 months ago
it's ok
Not as good as I had hoped. Kinda like an ugly kid, you still have to love it cause you made it. I'll drink it but won't buy it again.
January 27, 2018
1 year ago
I only bought this kit because it was an awesome deal. Turned out to be a very solid beer. The spices are very subtle in case you were wondering
January 20, 2018
5 months ago
the spiced winter ale is a good winter beer .you can sit back with friends and relax and have a few. most of my friends really liked it
January 11, 2018
5 months ago
I followed the suggestion of another reviewer and added the peel of one orange to the secondary ferment. This ale turned out to be exactly what I wanted from a Christmas spiced ale. I will definitely brew a double batch next winter. Between family and friends it was gone in a couple of weeks.
January 8, 2018
4 months ago
Far beyond expectations
I am normally not a huge fan of this style. I bought the kit in a sale. I followed the instructions, but added the peel of 2 oranges and left it in the primary for a month. I transferred it, added 1 more orange peel, let it sit for 2 more weeks. I bottled about December 3rd with little expectation that I would have a Christmas Ale. I could not have been more wrong. Smooth, creamy ale with a hint of spice AND wonderful notes of orange aroma. Very drinkable already. I will duplicate this one and have already repurchased for next year. I want to see how good this can be with some aging.
January 6, 2018
5 months ago
Not normally a fan of “flavored” beers but this turned out well. ~1 week in primary fermenter, 3 weeks in secondary. After 1 week in the bottle it was a bit harsh, but mellowed after 2-3 weeks - very drinkable.
December 31, 2017
5 months ago
Gingerbread ale.
Great kit. As usual I failed to follow the directions. Ended up going along with most of it however when I added the entire spice sack there was a full cup of brown sugar added too. Filled my fermenter up to the 5.5 gallon mark and direct pitched a pack of Safale05. I left it to ferment 4 weeks. Bottle Conditioned. Ended up with a gingerbread cookie tasting ale perfect for everyone for the holiday. Brewing this next fall for sure!
December 20, 2017
5 months ago
Very Good Kit
I made a batch of this for holiday presents for friends and it was surprisingly good. I don't usually go for a lot of spiced or other flavored beers, but this is very subtle. I will definitely order one again next year.
December 15, 2017
5 months ago
Will not try this one again.
Not impressed with this one. I feel that it needs more malt body to keep the balance and the spices fell off very quickly after kegging. The end result was a thin, slightly bitter she with only a ghost of holiday spice flavor.
December 3, 2017
5 months ago
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I've ordered this kit and I'm thinking of adding some orange peel as may reviews have mentioned, but I don't know how much or when to throw it into the boil. I am also thinking of adding a pound of honey to it. If I do these things, should I add more hops? I have a lot of leftover hops in the fridge from this past year's projects so that would not be a problem, but I would need advice as to how much and for how long in the boil.
Joseph S on Oct 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I usually soak my orange peel in some sort of spirits and throw in secondary. For me, I used only a tiny bit of the spice I made this once before and thought it was too much. I wouldn't overdo it with hops, maybe some dryhop or late boil, early boil might throw too much bitter against the spice and make it less balanced.
If I wanted to increase the ABV what would you recommend? It is a winter ale and it gets cold here so the bigger the better for me. Tips?
don W on Oct 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could always increase the amount of LME used or add some malto-dextrin.
Could you bottle this beer in 3 weeks, or does it truly need time in a secondary fermenter with spices or the like?
A shopper on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This beer benefits heavily from secondary fermentation. You could away with not letting it sit but you'll more than likely end up with just a winter ale with now noticeable spice on the palate. This is definitely a beer that requires patience. You will only be happier the longer, within reason, you let sit. I got great results by letting it age properly whereas the batch I did in a hurry ended up just tasting like any other ale with similar ingredients. After doing this for 15 years I've learned repeatedly that patience is key to getting what you want out of homebrewing. Give yourself plenty of time to allow flavors to develop, even with simple flavor profiles, and you'll end up with a winning beer every single time.
what is the average ABV for Spiced Winter Ale Extract Kit?
B C on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The ABV on that should be right around 4.5% on average.
Has anyone brewed recently? What are your thoughts on the spice amount? Not sure if NB has changed spice blend since reviews written (seems most from 2013 say to use less than full spices).
M J on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The amount of spice has not changed. It's possible some people could get misweighed spice packets...or just be sensitive to the amount of spice. I personally like it more mild so about half the packet is perfect for me. Most people like to really taste the spice

as a character of the beer

instead of a supporting compliment

when advertised as 'spiced'.
What grains & amounts are used in this? I would like plug in all the needed info into my Beersmith software? Thanks!!
A shopper on Nov 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: On the item if you click 'additional information' then click the link 'Click Here for Spiced Winter Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions' its all on that sheet. 1lb of crystal and 6.3lbs of LME
I brewed this one for the holidays. My 2nd batch ever. After about 8 weeks (fermentation, secondary and bottle conditioning) I took a few to share over the holidays. Popped off the caps, got very little carbonation hiss, all bottles opened were flat. After about 2-3 more weeks, I opened another, and it had over carbonated, foam pouring out the top of the bottle. Now I have about half a 5 gal batch left. 1 out of every 5 opened is perfect... the rest, about 3 ounces of beer poured into a 16 glass causes it to foam over the top of the glass AND the bottle keeps foaming until it is at least 3/4 empty. They were NOT shaken..... what happened, and how do I avoid this in the future?
D F on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Carbonation is the result of yeast, sugar, temperature, and time. In this case, it sounds like the sugar may not have been equally distributed throughout your beer prior to bottling. In the future, I would recommend giving your beer a gentle stir to thoroughly mix priming sugar in your bottling bucket.
This is the second time I brewed this beer it was good last year only a very slight metallic taste, this year very metallic almost bloodline taste. I brew the same all the time, never straying from my sanitation and cleaning. This is very frustrating as I won't give it to anyone to even try. I only use northern brewer kits and never have i had a bad batch or off flavors except for this kit. I wont buy again. Coulld it be the hops, or spices? Anybody else get metallic off flavors with this one? Please help so this never happens again.
C A on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I might have the very slightest hint of metallic in my kit from October, but I wouldn't call it noticeable short of a competition judging. Definitely not noticeable by regular beer drinkers. Might want to post your session notes and process on a forum for in depth analysis?
After doing all steps in brewing and letting the wurt ferment, i found my 5 gallon batch leaking from my carboy. It somehow bubbled up that night, so much that it overflowed. I cleaned it and it continued bubbling on the 2nd day but on the 3rd day, no more bubbling at all. Is there something wrong with this? Thanks.
A shopper on Nov 17, 2017

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